How the Bookies See it
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Two successive and very important wins in San Marino and Spain has put Marc Marquez firmly in the driving seat in the race for the world title. He arrives in Japan having won this same race last year and will be the one to beat again.
A disappointing seventh-place finish in Spain has left Andrea Dovizioso playing catch-up, especially following a previous third-placed in San Marino, with Marquez winning both. Dovizioso finished runner-up to Marquez in this race last year, so will have to pull out all the stops to go one better this time.
Maverick Vinales has finished fourth in his two previous races and looks to be dropping out of title contention. He needs an exceptional display this weekend, but could only finish third here last year behind Marquez and Dovizioso. He also failed to finish in 2015, and it looks a tall order for him to get anything from this one.
A second-place finish in Spain last time out has seen Dani Pedrosa move up to fourth in the World Standings, with his next target being Maverick Vinales. Pedrosa missed last year’s race, but won when last here in 2015, so can’t be ruled out.
Marc Marquez brings the best current form and past form at this track into the race, so looks to be the one to beat once more. Dani Pedrosa is of interest having won the last time he raced at the circuit and can certainly land a podium finish.
Cal Crutchlow has a consistent record of top-seven finishes at the Motegi Twin Ring Circuit, without hitting the podium. With most of the favourites under real pressure, this could be his time to step up and he is great value at 25/1 with Ladbrokes, particularly if you go each way.
Sports.net's Top Tip
Crutchlow (bet each-way)